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David A. Sobyra
Acting President & Provost

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Mr. Sobyra is the Acting President & Provost for the Defense Security Cooperation University (DSCU). In this role, he is responsible for DSCU’s Strategy, Policy, Resource Management, and Outreach and the Security Cooperation Workforce Development Program for the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA). Mr. Sobyra has held this position since August 2019.

Prior to joining DSCA, Mr. Sobyra served for 15 years in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, holding a number of action officer and leadership roles focused on International Programs Security, Stability Operations, Counternarcotics Policy, Western Hemisphere Affairs, and Human Capital. Highlights of his tenure in Policy include: Executive Director of the Center for Complex Operations; Director for Regional Programs in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DASD) for Counternarcotics and Global Threats, where he led a team responsible for overseeing five Combatant Command counternarcotics programs; Chief of Staff to the DASD for Western Hemisphere Affairs; and most recently, as Director for Human Capital. Mr. Sobyra also served as a founding co-chair of the Policy Supervisor’s Council and was a co-chair of the Policy Career Development Board, responsible for overseeing the professional development of the Policy career workforce, to include organizational health and promoion policies.

Mr. Sobyra is a retired U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel and helicopter pilot. He flew combat missions in Desert Storm, was a member of the Presidential Helicopter Squadron, and was designated a White House Helicopter Aircraft Commander. He held all designations in the UH-1N, was a graduate of the Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Course, and was a designated Aviation Safety Officer.

Mr. Sobyra holds a BA degree in History from California State College, Bakersfield, and Master’s Degrees from the Marine Corps University, George Mason University School of Public Policy, and the National War College. He is a Society for Human Resources Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP).

Mr. Sobyra is an avid trail runner and ultra-marathoner. He enjoys science fiction, soccer, and painting.

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